Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

Canada: H5 avian influenza outbreak in B.C.

23 January, 2009

As many as 60,000 turkeys (12-week-old) on a farm near Abbotsford, B.C., may be culled and their bodies likely composted due to a possible outbreak of avian influenza.
Initial testing has shown birds at E & H Farms are infected with avian influenza virus. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is awaiting final confirmation from a lab in Winnipeg.
In an effort to contain the virus, 22 commercial farms in a three-kilometre radius surrounding E & H Farms have been under quarantine since the virus was initially detected Wednesday night (21/1).
The initial test, which was conducted at a lab in Abbotsford — about 75 kilometres southeast of Vancouver — was prompted when a worker noticed the birds seemed to be suffering from some sort of respiratory distress.
Initial tests show the virus is an H5 strain.
During the avian influenza outbreak of 2004 (H7N3), more than 17 million birds were culled, making it the largest animal cull in Canadian history.